McCleary community leaders are pulling out all the stops for a big community-filled day on Saturday, Sept. 21.
First, the McCleary Chamber of Commerce is hosting its citywide garage sale with maps of featured spots available at local businesses. Plus, the Chamber is hosting its inaugural “bear hunt” — a scavenger hunt of sorts — at McCleary School.
In addition, the Simpson Door Co. is doing its annual “door sale” that day of unsold and surplussed doors, an event that typically draws people to the location from all over the region. The old Mark Reed Hospital will open its doors for a surplus sale that day. And the Beehive Retirement & Assisted Living Community is hosting a big bash that day to celebrate a recent expansion at its facility at 401 W. Maple in McCleary. Tours of the new “Memory Care” facility will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“If you don’t have much time or prefer not to take a tour, you are welcome to just drop in for a quick hello,” Administrator Susan Zarenski says. “In the Beehive kitchen, our cooks have been baking hundreds of cookies in a variety of flavors, so perhaps you will want a small diversion from treasure-hunting, to satisfy your cookie craving.”
From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., a biscuit-and-gravy breakfast will be served at the Methodist Church, at the corner of Third and Oak streets in McCleary.
Meantime, the McCleary Parent Teacher Organization is urging residents to dine out on Saturday, as most local restaurants have agreed to donate part of their proceeds to the organization. The annual “Feed the Wildcats” celebration goes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. that night.
Chamber President Pauline Martin says she’s particularly excited about the inaugural “bear hunt,” to capitalize on the city’s love of bears. In the summer, the city conducts an annual Bear Festival with bear stew.
This time, there won’t be bear stew, but Simpson Door is donating 100 or so bear trophies representing an assortment of prizes, The bears will be hidden all over McCleary School, 611 A. Main Street. Cost for a “hunting” license is $2 each or three for $5. You need one license for each bear you find. Martin says it’s a family event, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The event goes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“As with all sport hunting, there’s no guarantee that you’ll find a prized bear, but chances are good you’ll at least see a few paw prints before stumbling across one!” a poster for the event states.
The citywide garage sale goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday with a free map available after 4 p.m. on Friday at McCleary City Hall, McCleary Real Estate, Our Community Credit Union, Gordon’s Select Market, Side Door Antiques, Rain Country Restaurant, McCleary Subway, the Bear’s Den and the McCleary Library.